Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: Under The Stars

Title: Under The Stars
Author:  Dan White 
Pages: 416 pages 
Publisher:Henry Holt & Company Publishing 
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Henry Holt & Company Publishing 

My mother took me camping for the first time when I was little. She got me interested in all things nature. We would visit various campgrounds all over where we lived. My mother and I would camp in tents. When I went camping with my grandparents when went the fancy way with an RV. 

Have you ever been camping? Anyone who has knows that every trip tells its own story. Boy, does Dan White have some stories to tell. This book shows camping in all of its different situations. From how camping originated, to modern camping, RV camping or better know as glamping. I really didn't know that much about camping and now I really am glad I picked this book up. 

My favorite part of this book was the beginning. Where White shares how he fell in love with camping. He talked about the great Walden by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. I also loved when he was telling the story about hiking and being lost in the woods in the backwoods of Kentucky. 

I am from Kentucky so that made me smile a bit. It is very confusing at points and I understand where he was coming from. He talks about camping through out the ages. There is the topics of the Boy scouts, Roosevelt, Muir, and the National Park System. 

I really did enjoy this book more than I thought I would. I can't say camping has been a topic I have really wanted to read about. I come away from this book with a real love for the history of camping. I also want to say thank you again to  I would also like to thank Henry Holt for sending me this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Goodreads Description:

An irreverent history of American camping

From the Sierras to the Adirondacks and the Everglades, Dan White travels the nation to experience firsthand—and sometimes face first—how the American wilderness transformed from the devil’s playground into a source of adventure, relaxation, and renewal.

Whether he’s camping nude in cougar country, being attacked by wildlife while “glamping,” or crashing a girls-only adventure for urban teens, Dan White seeks to animate the evolution of outdoor recreation. In the process, he demonstrates how the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Roosevelt, and Muir—along with visionaries such as Adirondack Murray, Horace Kephart, and Juliette Gordon Low—helped blaze a trail from Transcendentalism to Leave No Trace.

Wide-ranging in research, enthusiasm, and geography, Under the Stars reveals a vast population of nature seekers, a country still in love with its wild places.

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